Impressions of a Booklover

25 Apr

What books you’ve read have really left their mark: imprinted themselves on your memory?

I’m talking here about fiction, though I guess on reflection, without that qualification, this type of book is more likely to stand out anyway, due to its strong likelihood of emotional impact.

Today, I asked my husband Ron, the creator of the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ, this question. His answer: detective novels, particularly Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s  ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, which he described as ‘terrifying’.

Looking back over my own life, my first tight connection with a character, and hence her fortunes, was  Beth March from ‘Little Women’. I guess the reason  identified with her so well because she had similar interests and characteristics to me, particularly her love of music and her perseverance.  Her life events,  particularly her misfortunes, touched me as though she were a real person, a best friend or closer.

For different reasons entirely, I remember Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’. The plot and the characters enthralled me, though the events described were more than disturbing.

The volumes of James Herriot are well imprinted on me.  Although some  stories were sad, even quite disturbing, those with ‘happy endings’ or of very humorous flavour blended together to make the entire volume an enjoyable one.

In my own writing, I empathize with Bob, the central character in ‘First Impressions’, a tale from the short story collection entitled ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia’. His struggle between his desire for peer acceptance goes up against an even greater goal: to find love.

I could go on and on, but I hope I’ve made my point, and have got you thinking.

What books have stuck with you for years and years?

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4 Responses to “Impressions of a Booklover”

  1. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out April 26, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    I think most books leave some kind of impression on me for different reasons but the ones that really stick are usually from childhood like Judy Blume’s ‘Are you there God? It’s Me Margaret’ and ‘Forever’, Stephen Kings ‘It’ that triggered my fear of clowns, Enid Blytons Famous Five and Secret Seven that got me interested in mysteries and Anne of Green Gables which has left Canada my dream destination of choice, all of which I had read by about the age of about 10

  2. Margaret Lynette Sharp April 26, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    Yes, I read and loved ‘The Famous Five’ ,’The Secret Seven’, and Enid Blyton’s lessor known ‘Shadow the Sheepdog.’ I grew up in an era when home computers were unknown, and families were considered lucky if they had one black and white television. I guess this elevated books even higher in the scheme of things, as enthralling entertainment. It followed, I believe, that the more you read, the more likely you were to come across literature that stuck in your mind. Isn’t it interesting to consider the reasons why we recall some books so vividly?

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  4. The Wanderlust Gene April 28, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    My childhood love was Snuggle Pot and Cuddle Pie – though my Canadian sister-in-law considered it too violent for children of her generation’s children. The usual Blytons but really they were a bit wishy washy under the brash Aussie sun, but the passion of reading myself to another place was well established and found fertile ground again in Georgette Heyer’s historical romances in my pre-teens – life in another age illustrated in technicolour. Which is probably why War and Peace lifted me up by the ears, but it wasn’t till I met the flawed character of Anna and the choices she made that I was irrevocably suckered into the power of fiction.

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